DENVER, Colo. (May 13, 2020) — Law360 quoted Patrick Scully in an article titled “NFL CBA Curbs Goodell’s Power But Won’t Stop Court Fights.” The article, published on May 12, discusses the new collective bargaining agreement, approved in March, and whether the agreement significantly limits Commissioner Roger Goodell’s disciplinary power. The CBA establishes a neutral disciplinary officer to hold hearings for sufficient evidence of players fined or suspended by the league for off-the-field conduct, but the commissioner retains final authority to confirm the discipline.
A former National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) lawyer, union attorney, and corporate general counsel, Scully was sourced for commentary based on his extensive knowledge of traditional labor relations. He notes that, “It may shift the playing field, so to speak, with regard to these disputes. It is not incorrect to characterize it, as the union does, as subjecting some commissioner discipline to arbitration.”
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